Triptych 

by Lewis Gesner

There were two of them (known). They were identical twins, but there was a third, unknown, except to them. Their names were Tim and Tom Kern, and they were fine artists. They painted together, and it was the perfect gimmick for the art patrons and promoters. Their art world name was T and T which was how they were promoted and how they signed all of their work. Two was perfect symmetry. They had become notorious to interviewers for finishing each other’s sentences as if they shared a mind. The balance between them, in speech or in their presence, was uncanny, as if there were something  invisible. Maybe it was in part a shared secret, that there was a third, unseen.